2019: Afenifere yet to endorse any candidate – Fasoranti

PDP Presidential Aspirant, Atiku Abubakar with the leader of Afenifere, Ayo Adebanjo
PDP Presidential Aspirant, Atiku Abubakar with the leader of Afenifere, Ayo Adebanjo

The leader of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Reuben Fasoranti, has said that the group has not endorsed any presidential aspirant ahead of the 2019 elections.

He spoke at his residence in Akure on Tuesday as he received a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar.

Mr Abubakar is seeking the support of delegates in the state and other critical stakeholders in becoming Nigeria’s next president.

Afenifere prior to the 2015 presidential election, had pitched its tent with the PDP candidate, Goodluck Jonathan, on the strength of the promise of restructuring the country and the implementation of the 2014 national conference report.

Mr Abubakar has become a strong advocate of restructuring, making him a likely choice of the pan-Yoruba group.

However, Mr Fasoranti said all presidential aspirants would be examined by Afenifere and other groups in the country.

He also said Afenifere would only endorse anyone who could meet the philosophies of the group especially the agitation for the restructuring of the nation.

Afenifere’s General Secretary, Sehinde Arogbofa, told journalists after the meeting that the group would make its position known after the presidential primaries.

Mr Abubakar described Afenifere as a revered socio-political group with the right influence on the political environment in the country.

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